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Should the hours children spend in school be shortened to provide more time at home?

  • School is not learning.

    Yes, yes, we all know the frequently attributed argument is "children need more time to learn". But, I am going to get straight to the point: Public education is not learning. It is indoctrination.

    Build the political machine. Create the market; mass produce obedient, unquestioning workers. These are the products our society produces. The children are the materials, materials which are broken down and molded through the same-fit hole. "They are not people," society says. "They work for us; they learn what we -want- them to learn." They see what you -want- them to see.

    Because obviously, there is absolutely no other way to live -whatsoever. Obviously, the only success comes from the machine: Go to school. Graduate. Get a job. Get married. Have children. Retire. Die. Such a useful life, wouldn't you agree? So, so useful; they were so creative, so innovative. No one ever heard of a lifestyle like that one before.

    So what happens to these... Robots our schools create? Well simple, they become part of the machine. They "learn" to obey the machine, to respect the machine, and to accept the machine. No creativity. No innovation. No learning. Just fill another gap, that you were ever-so-unlucky to receive. You have no use for a mind, so incorporate it into the machine.

    Unfortunately, the "machine" exists throughout the entirety of the world. However, I have noticed very peculiar systems, which do seem to account for the health and mental development of the students. Finland- shorter school hours, later start times, less homework. And you know what the result is from that system? No, not lower scores; they produce among the highest academic results in the world. No indoctrination- not this mindless brainwashing we see in America. Individuals with unprecedented education.

  • School is not education.

    Yes, yes, we all know the frequently attributed argument is "children need more time to learn". But, I am going to get straight to the point: Public education is not learning. It is indoctrination.

    Build the political machine. Create the market; mass produce obedient, unquestioning workers. These are the products our society produces. The children are the materials, materials which are broken down and molded through the same-fit hole. "They are not people," society says. "They work for us; they learn what we -want- them to learn." They see what you -want- them to see.

    Because obviously, there is absolutely no other way to live -whatsoever. Obviously, the only success comes from the machine: Go to school. Graduate. Get a job. Get married. Have children. Retire. Die. Such a useful life, wouldn't you agree? So, so useful; they were so creative, so innovative. No one ever heard of a lifestyle like that one before.

    So what happens to these... Robots our schools create? Well simple, they become part of the machine. They "learn" to obey the machine, to respect the machine, and to accept the machine. No creativity. No innovation. No learning. Just fill another gap, that you were ever-so-unlucky to receive. You have no use for a mind, so incorporate it into the machine.

    Unfortunately, the "machine" exists throughout the entirety of the world. However, I have noticed very peculiar systems, which do seem to account for the health and mental development of the students. Finland- shorter school hours, later start times, less homework. And you know what the result is from that system? No, not lower scores; they produce among the highest academic results in the world. No indoctrination- not this mindless brainwashing we see in America. Individuals with unprecedented education.

  • Yes, spending time with their family helps children's development

    Schools should allow children to spend more time at home by becoming more efficient in how the teaching is done. It is not necessary to spend nearly all day in school in order to learn. In fact, long hours may cause increasing lack of concentration and disinterest. On the contrary, more time at home allows children to finish their homework sooner and spend more time with their families, which is essential in learning moral values and in creating strong bonds.

  • Shortening the school day would put more burden on the parents.

    Shortening the school day would force parents to make greater accommodations to ensure their children were cared for in the extra hours that they are not at school. This could result in increased babysitting and day care costs for young children, and potentially the need for shorter work hours and less income for the parents.

  • No, children need the extra school time to learn.

    No, school hours should not be shortened to provide more time at home because most children go to day care after school, not home. A shorter school day would mean even more hours in day care, where children receive little supervision and no assistance with their homework. A longer school day provides more educational time for children.

  • No, they should be changed around

    Shortening the hours each day is not necessarily a good idea. Instead, shift the hours spent at school to fit the traditional nine to five work schedule most parents have for four days and let the students have three day weekends. The later start allows students to be better rested, while getting home later removes much of the need for a baby sitter, and the three day weekend helps relieve stress.


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